Antisocial Personality Disorders

Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Antisocial Personality Disorders

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Neuroscience research is beginning to uncover significant neurobiological impairments in antisocial, violent, and aggressive groups. The neurophysiologic basis of antisocial behavior is complex—many structures have been implicated, each of which may be related to antisocial behavior in different ways. Research in social neuroscience is helping us to better understand the role of many of these regions in normal social behavior, and thus why abnormality would result in a disruption of appropriate social behavior. This chapter highlights neuroscience data on antisocial individuals and provides interpretation based on the knowledge that has been gained in recent years in the field of social neuroscience.

Keywords: antisocial personality disorder; conduct disorder; empathy; moral decision-making; prefrontal cortex; amygdala; violence; aggression

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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